Waterford city is set to get its third Supermac’s, with planning permission granted for a drive thru and sit down restaurant at the former Tile Market building on the Cork Road.
The Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD announced the creation of 300 jobs by the Supermac’s and SÓ Hotels Groups, owned by Pat and Una McDonagh, on Wednesday. 200 jobs will be created in three new Supermac’s outlets in Waterford, Wexford and Kinnegad. A 100 further jobs will be created through the redevelopment and refurbishment of the Athlone Springs Hotel, the Castle Oaks House Hotel (Limerick) and the Killeshin Hotel (Portlaoise).
The new Waterford Supermac’s will add to outlets in the city centre and on the Dunmore Road.
Supermac’s managing director Pat McDonagh says that the positivity in the regions was one of the key reasons for recent investments. “What makes Supermac’s different is that we source as much of our produce as we can from local suppliers,” he says.
“Not only do we provide sustainable jobs, but we also provide sustainable careers often in parts of the country that need them. We also become active members of the community as well. Another thing that sets us apart is our commitment to the communities we are involved with.”
The group currently employs over 4,000 people throughout the country through company, franchisee and hotel employees, and is on a major recruitment drive for management staff in particular. “We have career opportunities at all levels. We are looking for staff in the area of managers, chefs and a variety of catering, retail and catering opportunities. We put structured career paths in place and we are looking for people that want a career - people that will stay with us and develop with us. A lot of our franchisees in Supermac’s are people that started working for us initially.